Fashion Over Reason

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Playing in Paris in Palazzos

Cienne NY palazzo pants, Loeffler Randall Espadrilles, J Brand denim jacket, Jcrew cami 1

I certainly hope that you were following my European adventures on Insta a few weeks back. There was a Parisian leg to our jaunt and I know I won't have to do much to convince you that it was quite lovely pretty fucking amazing.

The ideal attire for a summer stay in the city of lights? Two words: light an airy. My love of proportion play has been well-documented on this blog over the years, and the flame is burning as bright as ever. Case in point: these easy, breezy, chic-as-hell tencel palazzos from one of my favorite labels, Cienne.

Sure, these pants were the ideal travel companion, but there are so many reasons for why I currently have them on heavy rotation. The neutral color is basically what my sartorial dreams are made of. Their far-from-the-body disposition is the only thing I can handle in this heat. Slits up the side on the ankle provide a va-va-voom flow no one could resist.

Oh, and the most important part? They're made of tencel, one of the most eco-friendly fabric there is, and they were made right here in New York City's garment district. And that's why Cienne is one of my favorite brands - they do everything oh so right.

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Details:
Cienne pants
J.Crew cami
J Brand denim jacket
Loeffler Randall espadrilles
Ray-Ban sunglasses
Bottega Veneta bag

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

One and Done

heleneisfor in mohonk, jcrew maxi dress, longchamp bucket bag

We're in the middle of a major heat wave and I'm looooooving it. Sure, it can get uncomfortable, but I'll take this over a polar vortex any day. The way I look at it is that during the winter, I often find myself thinking I'd rather be living through a scorcher than be standing on the cold street corner... In the summer, however, I NEVER have the reverse thought. Like, ever. While sweating and feeling uncomfortably warm and wanting to complain about it, I simply remind myself that I'd rather the sweat than the frigidity.

That said, one of my favorite things to wear when the weather is oven-like is a simple summer dress. Maxi, mini, flowy, light... it's the easiest way to look put together, it's one of the lightest things you can put on your body, and it's a no-brainer cause it's basically a one and done. One item of clothing to pick out and you're ready to be out the door.

How do you survive a heat wave?

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Details:
J.Crew dress
Sol Sana sandals
Ray-Ban sunglasses
Longchamp bag

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Monday, July 11, 2016

How to Properly Pack a Suitcase


Tumi Alpha 2, how to pack a suitcase like a pro, Heleneisfor at the London Ritz

I've just returned from a 2 week-long journey in Europe (were you following along?!?), and as someone who travels fairly often, I thought I'd chat about how to properly pack a suitcase.

Full disclaimer: I am by NO MEANS an expert packer. In fact, the mere thought of having to throw things carefully think about what I might feel like wearing at a later date during my travels gives me a legit anxiety attack. So much so that I had to have my buddy Yael send me her super-duper organized packing list (she's an angel from heaven) when I was in full meltdown mode.

Packing is literally the worst part about traveling, amiright?

Surely I am not alone when it comes to this struggle?

The thing is, because I have slight type A tendencies, if I don't have some form of plan, I panic even more. This is how it usually goes down: the prospect of packing sounds all kinds of alarm bells, episodes of dread-fueled procrastination ensue and lead to flustered pacing, after which I finally spring into bag-loading action. And I don't mean piling in random clothing in there - each outfit is planned and all the pieces are chosen carefully to make sure I don't overpack and to minimize all sartorial decisions once I've reached my final destination. This is the only real way to reduce nerve trepidations in both the present and the future, trust.

Even though I'm on the road rather frequently, I've never quite gotten used to this unavoidable task. That said, I've also picked up some quality tips and tricks that I'm here to pass along to you, dear readers, to appease your days of luggage-packing hell, if only a little bit.

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Tumi Alpha 2 Medium expandle suitcase - How to pack a suitcase like a pro


1. Get the Right Bag
Your journey doesn't start when you get on the plane. It begins right in your bedroom the moment you decide what bag you're taking. A good suitcase makes all the difference and I had to learn that the hard way. Not only are they better configured, but they are also solid as hell and won't bust on you at an inopportune moment. Again, learned that the hard way.

When you're traveling, you want reliability in your luggage, not precariousness. Whether you're doing a weekender, a carry-on size or a large mother load, investing in a good bag is the first step towards achieving packing success. Plus, you want to look chic, amiright?!

My bag of choice? The Tumi Alpha 2. I like that it's sleek, flexible, robust and has the most efficient interior configuration.

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2. Check the Weather at Your Destination!
This is soooo crucial. While a lot of times, the weatherman gets it wrong, it still gives you a good idea of the climate you're in for once you get off that plane. You can't start packing until you know what kind of temperatures you're in for. Don't do this blindly, it's called weather.com, use it.

3. Lay It All Out
Think of ensembles beforehand, then lay all of those clothes out and proceed to do an edit - pack only what can be mixed and matched. Same goes with shoes. Don't bring pairs of shoes that are too similar to one another or that serve the same function - you want to maximize everything.

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4. Lay Clothes In FLAT
No folding, no rolling. Just everything laid down flat in layers. This is literally the most space-efficient technique I've come across that actually prevents wrinkling, unlike the urban legend that is the rolling method, pff. Trust me on this one guys, it's going to revolutionize your voyages.

Special tip: for crease-prone garments, like silk or linen pieces, save those plastic wraps that you get with your dry cleaning and layer them over and under those items inside your suitcase. There will be nary a wrinkle in them even after spending all that time in a confined space.

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5. Use Every Inch
Start by putting your socks and underwear at the bottom of your suitcase between the ridges. It's dead space for garments and the small stuff will fit perfectly in there without wasting precious real estate. You can also stuff your socks inside your shoes for a double whammy: this will save space and keep the shape of your footwear intact during travel. Around the sides, add extra toiletries or small items where you find crevasses.

6. Optimize the Top
I hate to brag, but my big suitcase is super space-efficient: it has a flap for the top of the bag to house extra stuff without having it impede on the bulk of the main area. It's ideal for shoes and toiletries. If your bag doesn't have this magical space (#sorrynotsorry), still save the top for those items, as you can tetris your shoes and wedge your toiletries securely in-between them. Just make sure that every product with leaking potential is wrapped in an additional plastic bag, or cushioned securely between other things.
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As a final tip, it's always good to make a checklist with all the gritty details that can slip your mind before a big journey. Jot down the super important things like passport, chargers, sunglasses, etc, as well as the smaller menial yet necessary things, like take out the garbage, check lights, close windows, etc.

Can't beat that feeling of assembled luggage perfection. Which I can always count on with my medium expandable Tumi Alpha 2 suitcase.
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Feeling real good about my manic packing planning!
Tumi Alpha 2, how to pack a suitcase like a pro, Heleneisfor in Iceland, my stopover

Would love to hear your packing tips if you have any... you can never have too many packing tips. And do let me know if you found this helpful!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Little Effort Goes a Long Way

Zady Japanese gatehred blouse, Ray-Ban lennon round sunglasses, Balenciaga skirt, Chloé boots, Céline edge bag

It's amazing what a quick garment swap can do for your fancy cred. Case in point: I've worn this exact ensemble many a times, but with old 501s instead of this schmancy skirt.

If you're running out the door and don't have much time to think about what you're going to wear, but still need to look presentable, I'd highly recommend using this trick. This way you can use your brain for something else but still look like you put a little effort into your physical display.

The cherry atop this faux fancy sundae? A pretty french braid, obvi.

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Details:
Zady top
Balenciaga skirt
Chloé boots
Céline bag
Ray-Ban sunglasses

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Monday, June 20, 2016

So Much Chill

J.Crew linen shirt, ASOS crop flare, Sol Sana sandals, Kaufmann Mercantile basket

Ok, friends. This is my last Martha's Vineyard post. After this one, we can finally move on with our lives (sniff!).

Picture this setting: it was a perfect day on the island - as if there were unperfect ones, pff! - the sun was shining bright and warm, the birds were chirping, the humans were smiling and we had not one care in the world.

The only logical next step? Dress like how I was feeling: happy, casual, chill, and chic, duh.

Don't forget to check out my guide if you haven't already!


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Details:
J.Crew linen shirt
Monki jeans
Sol Sana sandals
Ray-Ban sunglasses
Dorfman Pacific hat
Kaufmann Mercantile basket

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Menemsha Beach Sunsets Are Magic


Menemsha Beach sunset, Aztec round towel, Shop We Are Summer

Still going with the Martha's Vineyard memories. As mentioned in my guide, we tried to catch as many sunsets as we could, that time being one of them and this time being another. I mean, can you really blame us though?

Look at this beauty. Counting down the days until I can go back.

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My outfit:
Frame Denim overalls
Zady shirt


Monday, June 13, 2016

Double the Jacket, Double the Fun

Menemsha Beach, Martha's Vineyard, Levi's men's trucker jacket

Doubling down on the denim jackets. I'm guilty of having done this in the past and I'm still up to my old ways. That's kind of what you need to do when you're enjoying the coastal life in early May - things can still get pretty chilly.

Remember when I mentioned Menemsha Beach in my Martha's Vineyard guide? This is it! Not too shabs, right?!

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Details:
Levi's men's trucker jacket
White J Brand denim jacket
Trash & Vaudeville pants
Free People boots